The Camden outdoor gym programme is the largest of any borough in the UK. Eight sites opened in 2009 and a further 9th site was installed in 2012. Most Camden residents live within 20 minutes of an outdoor gym. The investment in outdoor gyms followed on from a physical activity needs assessment, which identified that people in Camden found cost and access both barriers to being more physically active.
This report is the first stage of the evaluation of Camden’s outdoor gyms which aims to identify: use of outdoor gyms; increases in individual levels of physical activity as a result of outdoor gym use; and to establish what the barriers are preventing other Camden resident’s from using the outdoor gyms.